Penang Gerakan Youth wants explanation from state government over RM2 billion project

 |Aug 22, 2017


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GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan’s youth wing today questioned the state government whether it has plans to build a 40-storey hotel on a piece of land along Lebuhraya Peel.

Acting Penang Gerakan Youth chief Jason Loo claimed that they learnt the DAP-led state government has “given its green light” to build a luxury hotel on the land.

Loo also said Penang Gerakan wanted an answer within 24 hours as the “people of Penang deserved to know”.

Apart from that, Loo demanded to know why the project was approved by the Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) and awarded without any open tender.

It was reported that the land, which was owned by the state government, was sold by CMI to Island Hospital Sdn Bhd in December for a 99-years-lease at RM156 million without an open tender.

The hospital allegedly plans to build a new medical city, with 300 beds and and a hotel on the site.

The project is said to cost RM2 billion with an economic value of RM7 billion.

“Basically no one knew about the project and was kept in the dark as there was no consultation done with anyone,” Loo claimed.

“The state government should answer all these questions to ensure that everything is transparent,” he told a press conference here today.

Loo also threatened to ‘tell all’ in another press conference if the state government did not respond within 24 hours.

“The state government said that the 6.4 acres land was sold to Island Hospital Sdn Bhd to build a medical city but now we hear that a hotel is going to be built there,” added Loo.

Meanwhile, Loo said a public dialogue to gather feedback from residents in the area may take place next month. – MO